Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
I am speechless after reading this book! I've waited so long for Quinn and Blay's story and this one did not disappoint! I could go on and on but I can't say anymore then all the other positive reviewers. This was such a beautiful love story that just transcends all boundaries...it was perfection on paper. I'm so relieved that JR Ward took a chance on the subject matter and gave the fans what they wanted for so long.
This is why she is the master and I am happy to be the follower.
This book is amazing and so worth the time, money, credits,etc.
Of course, I would recommmend this to a friend. The BDB story is so much more than just one book in the series. While, yes, the primary focus of LAL is Blaylock and Quhinn, there is so much more going on than just a gay male romance novel. Yes, it is a gay male romance novel. If you are not comfortable with M/M love stories, than this likely isn't for you.
What JR Ward excels at in this story, is character! She has an undeniable talent for making her characters sympathetic and believable. The story weaves multiple points of view and characters from previous stories.
If you read and love the BDB stories, there is much in this book that moves the story along. minor characters in this book are developed and we see more of the Shadows and other vampires outside the Brotherhood. The BDB world is definitely expanding to create more content for future novels. (yippee)
Jim Frangione IS the voice of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I cannot even read the printed book without hearing his voice in my head as Rhage or Butch. He does an excellent job of differentiating the characters.
LAL Will have a follow-up book DUH! The secondary storylines (Assail and Tres) leave off in the middle! The next book will likely be about one of these males.
LAL is a love story, and if you are a reader of the BDB series, then you know that JR Ward writes like a man, especially when writing from a male point of view. You also know that her male characters are dominant, instinctual, animalistic, aggressive, physical, fierce fighters. You also know that her characters express their emotions physically and her writing is VERY descriptive in intimate situations. She does not back away from Blay and Quhinn because they are male. She gives as much attention to our boys as she did to any of the previous couples.
I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.
If your a Brotherhood fan then your going to love it because you simply want to continue the story. This is a long listen but allot of stories will spring from it. This happens to be my favorite paranormal series and I can't wait until the next one. Be advised this story is a MM story and has explict sexual content. Never a credit wasted when it comes to the Brotherhood.
I have read or listened to the entire series, up through this book, and this may be the last. I wasn't turned off by the M/M love story, but I actually started skipping chapters after chapter 8...finally, I skipped ahead to @ chapter 85 and Blay and Quinn were STILL lamenting lost opportunities? Are you serious? After the original Brothers, this series has become increasingly boring. I don't even really like the heroes anymore. Too bad. Think I'll stick with the first 5 books.
Same story with different characters. Totally predictable.
I am sure next book can be written by changing name of characters.
I have a very fast paced life. Audio books are an awesome alternative for me. Long road trips, working out and housework arn't a bore.
If this would have been the first book I heard in this series I would not ever listen to another. I love the series but this one caused me to fast forward.
I liked the narrator Jim Frangione but the story line, I did not care for and if it continues I will not be buying anymore of the BDB series. I have loved this series but not this story line!
Change the story line back towards the beginning of the series! Not so dark.
masculine, sexy, calm
NO, I would not go see this movie. I should not have bought the book.
I loved it all. I can't wait to listen to it again.
When Qhuinn finally had his Ah-Ha moment!
Eh... I know Jim narrate's the previous BDB Books. I wish he would differenciate the voices of the characters better.
I was down right gitty by the end of the book. This is by far my favorite BDB Book.
I'm a MA in Theatre and love a good story. I also sometimes forget to proofread my reviews so sorry for any typos ;)
Well, here we are, at last. A huge buildup to the story we've all been waiting for, yearning for, expecting to read as soon as J.R. Ward felt comfortable enough to release a gay story to her fans, and it's eased into existence, not with lube (though that was sorely needed and missing), but with subplots. Lots and lots of subplots.
I'm confused by the recent bogged-downness of stories. I can't watch Game of Thrones without realizing viewers only got about 5 minutes for each story and even left out a few because we ran out of time and it'll take forever to move the plot along this way. True Blood has this problem too. Now I read a book with so many subplots that the story I've been dying to read is constantly being interrupted. Part of me wanted to fast forward but how can I when it might jump back to Blay and Qhuinn and I'll miss something? Frustration, Ms Ward, frustration.
(SPOILERS) That said, dang I love Blay and Qhuinn. I don't like that they were both idiots for most of the book - I wanted to smack them and tell them both to fess up already - but the overdone angst did lead to some very hot sex scenes. Only after listening would I reflect on the lack of lubrication and wonder if the receiving party was okay. I mean, ouch.
Deep down, I'm sad that I have to give only 3 stars. I'm a big fan of BDB and I've waited so long for Blay and Qhuinn's story. But there's just too much to ignore. The we-interrupt-this-intriguing-change-of-events-for-SOMEONE ELSE with Assail/iAm/Layla/Xcor/BOB ganbangs etc... Seriously too much juggling. Also, Where was everyone? The Lessers were barely a side note, the Scribe Virgin was missing completely and not a single female in the house other than Beth and Payne are there to help Layla out when pregnancy itself is such a big deal? Where's (the only mom) Bella? Where's (sorta sister) Cormia? And what's more, I have to watch this whole Blay-Qhuinn thing play out with absolutely no help from John Matthew? Even Fritz failed his duty when he let Layla go driveabout without stopping her or telling anyone. I feel like the author totally failed here.
1 star yanked for unnecessary dragged-out angst, and 1 star for every subplot. Oh wait, that's a negative... okay well you can have 2 back for finally writing about Blay and Quinn and making it hot. Good thing Jim Frangione kicked narrative butt and brought you up another notch. Now next time remember SUBplots should never get in the way of plot. I'm not giving up on the BSB yet.
Again and again and again and again! Why? Because JR Ward has not written book 12 yet. I have listened to all 11 books and have absolutely loved everything about them. I've fallen in love with the characters and anxiously looked forward to my drive to/from work so that I could listen to their stories. I even secretly wished for more traffic, so that I could listen longer. Jim Frangione is a fantastic narrator, who embedded clear and beautiful images of each of the characters as well as their surroundings into my brain and my heart. I feel like I got to know them and now they're gone. I wonder what they're up to and I miss them every day.
Books 1-10 of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. There's no comparison to any other book.
Trying to pick a favorite brother is like asking which one of your kids you love more. It's not possible. I loved them all and Jim Frangione did an amazing job depicting them!
Yes and no. I could have stayed up all night listening to it, but then I would have had no more to listen to. I'm considering going back to book 1 and re-listening to them all again, while awaiting the next one (please let it be soon!).